I have always condemned political violence. My enemies are liars.
I have always condemned political violence. My enemies are liars.
I have always condemned political violence. I have a very long and very well-documented track record of condemning political violence generally, and anti-abortion violence specifically. Therefore, the charge that I am a “hypocrite” for condemning violent Leftist radicals for rioting and destroying property is utterly absurd. These charges in the comments for my letter to the editor are totally false, and my enemies know it.
And let’s be clear: My enemies are liars. This is not a case where my views are not well known or where my views are unclear or contradictory. I have been very clear in public for two decades now that anti-abortion violence is wrong, so those pretending I have not condemned anti-abortion violence are liars. This is not debatable. There is absolutely no question about this, and every single person who pretends otherwise is a liar.
Some have suggested I “police” anti-abortion activists. That is absurd. I am not a police officer nor have I ever been given any authority by the civil magistrate to go after people who commit crimes. My authority extends to making my position against anti-abortion violence clear, which I have done repeatedly for twenty years. My only authority is to call for lawful, peaceful actions to end the evil of abortion. Beyond that, I am not responsible for the behavior of legal adults. I am responsible for my own behavior and the behavior of my children, not of any other adult person.
Finally, the fact that I defend someone’s right to free speech does not mean I agree with everything that person is saying. That is not only intellectually dishonest, it is just plain stupid. It is evidence that my enemies are acting based on feelings and with no logical thought whatsoever. We should be above such childish arguments, but obviously my enemies are not.
If you argue that banning blacks from using “white” water fountains is the same as banning men from women’s restrooms, you are an idiot.
From 2009 to 2016, I had to say this (or a variation of this) repeatedly: “Barack Obama is the President, and Obama alone is responsible for his decisions.” Now let me rephrase it: “Donald Trump is the President, and Trump alone is responsible for his decisions.”
Within a month of Obama’s inauguration, it was already incredibly tiresome to see Obama and his enablers point back to George W. Bush and whine like little children. It is even more tiresome to see conservatives adopt the exact same pathetic, childish excuses that Obama had been using (and that we roundly mocked him for using) for eight years. It is pathetic and needs to stop. Grow up. All of you. Grow up.
If what Trump is doing on policy is good, defend those policies on their merits. If the rhetoric Donald Trump uses is good, defend what he says on its merits. Do not whine that Obama did the same thing. It was childish when Obama and his enablers whined and pointed at George W. Bush for the entire eight years he was President, and it is childish now that Trump and his enablers are doing the same thing. Stop it.
Folks, this is literally the same behavior I am trying to train my children to avoid. I often say something like this: “It does not matter what your brother does or does not do. Do not worry about your brother. Worry about yourself.” What kind of example are our national leaders setting for children and young people?
I have often maligned political correctness, and I have been especially critical of the concept of “safe spaces” from ideas and opinions one does not like. I also have little use for the “check your privilege” meme. That said, I am going to defend the concept of both “safe spaces” and “check your privilege” here, while disagreeing with the way they are implemented by Leftists.
First, “safe spaces” is one that is easy to defend as a general concept. Everyone has a “safe space” in his life. For example, my home is a safe space. I expect to take a great deal of criticism out in the world for my political activism, and in fact I often thrive on it. But if someone is in my home and insults me, they will be expected to be respectful or they will be asked to leave. Even conservatives who attack “safe spaces” most harshly will demand respect in their own homes. If we attend a Bible-believing church, we expect that church will be a “safe space” from heresy and false religions.
Obviously, the way Leftists on college campuses implement “safe spaces” is absurd. I am not defending the implementation of that concept by the Left. I am merely pointing out that we all have “safe spaces.”
“Check your privilege” is problematic, but there is some merit to the concept. Growing up as a middle class white man, I may not fully understand the perspective of someone who has a vastly different background. It is often useful to consider why someone who has a vastly different life experience has a different perspective. It may not change the way I think about something, but it never hurts to have more information or to consider other world views when forming your opinion on an issue.
Where “check your privilege” fails, obviously, is when it is used to justify moral relativism or to engage in utterly silly forms of censorship. There are certain moral standards that should be universal no matter someone’s background, and “privilege” does not change the applicability of that standard. Furthermore, the value of free speech does not change because one person has “privilege” that another person does not have.
So what is the point? The point is that there are many times we need to re-examine what we think, and we may find we have more common ground than we thought we did.
Printed in the Herald-Times, February 20, 2017
To the Editor:
If violent Leftist radicals want Donald Trump to be re-elected as President in 2020, then by all means continue rioting, burning things down, breaking windows and assaulting people. America has had enough of this behavior, which never convinces anyone and turns many people against your cause.
The display on February 1 in Berkeley, California was utterly shameful. Milo Yiannopoulos was not allowed to speak because deranged Leftists were rioting, smashing windows and setting fires. (Yiannopoulos is an openly homosexual Jew. So much for the Left’s alleged respect for diversity.)
This sort of heckler’s veto should never be tolerated, and it was refreshing to see President Trump threaten to pull federal funding from the university for allowing this violent censorship.
We have not been spared locally either, as Leftist radicals vandalized buildings and smashed windows in protest of the legitimately elected President of these United States.
I was pleased to see greatly outnumbered Leftists peacefully protesting the Rally for Life last month. We can be civil and express our viewpoints in a peaceful way. This is how protest should work.
But our city government (starting with Mayor Hamilton) should have zero tolerance for those who use violence to accomplish political goals.
It is rather absurd that Leftists see Nazis around every corner, and one of the more silly examples is an accusation in a recent letter to the editor that the Monroe County Republican Party’s “red shirt” group reminds the author of Nazi Brownshirts. (The Brownshirts were thugs that preceded the Nazi regime and were notoriously violent.) The Monroe GOP “red shirts” are a group started earlier this year that volunteers with various social service agencies to help the poor and those in need.
My main concern with the name “red shirts” is that everyone stay far away from the Starship Enterprise. We all know what happens to people who wear red shirts on the Enterprise. Also, I just hope I was not unwittingly a member of a group of neo-Nazi thugs when I wore my red shirt while working at Kroger years ago. If the employees in red shorts (or grey, or blue) are modeled after Nazi brownshirts, I wonder what the Service employees International Union is, then. Would the SEIU be the SS?
Seriously, folks… Is this actually an objection? Is this a serious criticism?
Do people believe this foolishness? Really?
Come on, people. There is no historical context to understand and there is no education needed regarding “red shirt” volunteers here in Monroe County. It is an absurd leap to equate a group organized to serve people in need to thugs and criminals who terrorized people to advance a political agenda. This is one of the biggest reasons Donald Trump won, because people are fed up with this politically correct nonsense from pathetic crybabies who are perpetually “offended” every minute of the day. Grow up and get over yourself.
When you cannot even volunteer your time and money to serve the poor without being equated to Nazi thugs in Weimar Germany, political correctness is totally out of control and *should* be mocked and ridiculed for the foolishness it is. The Leftists attacking the Monroe GOP cannot be taken seriously and should not be engaged in a serious discussion. I truly do not care about your feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings, because your feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings are not based in reality.
By the way, the hypocrisy in these defamatory attacks is astonishing. I have heard for decades that Republicans do not care about the poor. When local Republicans step up to serve those in need by volunteering their time and money, they are literally smeared as Nazis. This destroys the credibility of the people making the attacks. Finally, given the Leftist “punch a Nazi” memes going around, can we expect to see Republicans volunteering at local social service agencies be the subject of violence and terrorism from deranged Leftists?
Omar Abdel-Rahman is currently suffering in horrible burning agony in Hell fire, where he will continue to suffer in horrible burning agony for all eternity.
Note: I originally wrote this in 2009, but I am re-posting it because this terrible law is being considered again.
——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Senate Bills 237 and 24 – moving toward a police state?
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 07:42:28 -0500
From: Scott Tibbs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: H60@IN.gov, H61@IN.gov, H65@IN.gov, S44@IN.gov, S40@IN.gov
Representatives Welch, Pierce and Koch, and Senators Steele and Simpson,
I am writing to express my concern about and opposition to two pieces of legislation currently before the Indiana State Senate. Senate Bill 237 would require “all persons arrested after June 30, 2009, to submit a DNA sample.” Senate Bill 24 would require “all persons arrested for a felony after June 30, 2009, to submit a DNA sample.”
I have deep concerns about the government collecting and maintaining a DNA database for people arrested for a crime. If SB 237 and SB 24 only dealt with people convicted of a crime, it would be enough of a concern, though I can see the usefulness of keeping this kind of data on some criminals, especially convicted sex offenders. This would be a worthwhile discussion if that were the case, though there would still be concerns. But why should someone arrested for a crime that he/she may or may not have committed be required to submit a DNA sample?
SB 24 “provides for the expungement of a DNA sample” if the person arrested is acquitted, if the conviction is reversed, or if the case is dismissed. So why not require a DNA sample upon conviction of a crime instead? Why should everyone arrested for a felony be subject to DNA profiling when the data will only be kept on those convicted? In these lean economic times, why should government be spending money to collect and then dispose of DNA samples from people who are arrested but not convicted?
DNA evidence can be very useful for the criminal justice system, leading to the conviction of those responsible for crimes but also leading to the exoneration of people who have committed no crime. My concern is that legislation like this moves Indiana a little bit closer to being a police state, something that is anathema to a system of government founded on individual liberty and limitations on government power. I urge you to vote “no” on SB 237 and SB 24, and to do whatever you can to prevent them from becoming law.
Jonah Goldberg makes a good point that conservatives should not defend everything Donald Trump does and says. He is right. We are a political party, not a cult. Trump is the President, not our Messiah. To the extent we treat Trump as Messiah instead of as President, we betray everything this great nation was founded to be.
On broad policy matters, Trump has done well, conservatives are mostly pleased with him (I certainly have been) and conservatives can defend him in good conscience. When he goes off the rails, behaves in a childish and petulant manner, or is dishonest, it is difficult to defend him – and we should not defend him. The reason Trump feels empowered to behave childishly is because he has too many people defending him for every single thing he does, treating him like the Branch Davidians treated David Koresh.
This is not conservatism. This is wicked idolatry and those doing it must repent.
Now, to a certain extent, I like Trump’s style. I was thrilled when he threatened to take away federal funds from UC Berkeley after they bowed to violent radicals who were rioting in response to a homosexual Jewish immigrant being allowed to speak on campus. I cannot imagine Mitt Romney, john McCain, George W. Bush or Bob Dole having the intestinal fortitude to eschew establishment norms and take it to the Left the way Trump did. Trump is notoriously thin-skinned, but he is a counter-puncher and millions upon millions of conservatives have been longing for a counter-puncher for decades.
The problem is that Trump is undisciplined and unfocused. If he would channel his personality in a more productive way, it would be easier to defend him, and he will pick up many more defenders. Instead of smacking everyone, be a little more restrained and save your fire for when it will be more productive. Conservatives already like what he is doing on policy, broadly speaking. I want to defend him more often, but I refuse to defend childish and petulant tantrums, especially from someone who occupies an office that needs a steady hand and a mature temperament. I want Trump to be that kind of leader, and I believe he can be. The question is whether he wants to be that kind of leader.